Travel in Manchester
||Manchester has a
wealth of public transport operating in the city centre,
making it fast and easy for you to get to where you’re
For a start there is a free Metroshuttle service,
which has two circular routes covering all of the main
city centre areas. With low-floor, easy access buses every
five minutes on Service 1 and every ten minutes on Service
2, it has never been easier to get around the city.
Metroshuttle links all the city centre railway stations,
main NCP car parks, and many bus and Metrolink tram stops.
So whether you’re travelling to work, shop or for
leisure you can hop on and off as often as you wish.
Service 1 (Orange) operates every five minutes from 7:00am
to 7:00pm, Monday to Saturday and every ten minutes on
Sundays between 10:00am and 6:00pm.
The service takes in the main shopping and sightseeing
areas including Deansgate, which is home to Kendals
department store, the Triangle shopping centre, Chinatown,
the Arndale Centre, Piccadilly Station and
Service 2 (Green) operates Monday to Saturday from 7:00am
to 7:00pm and on Sundays between 10:00am and 6:00pm, with
buses departing every ten minutes. This service also stops
at many local attractions, business centres and shopping
areas, including the G-Mex Centre, the Manchester
International Conference Centre (MICC), the Manchester
Evening News (MEN) Arena, Manchester Art Gallery,
Oxford Road Station, Deansgate Locks, the Museum
of Science and Industry, the Printworks and the Urbis
Manchester’s bus service also offers you
the chance to stay out as late as you want with new late
night buses running every Friday and Saturday nights from Piccadilly Gardens to many destinations including
Altrincham, Didsbury, Chorlton, Bury, Oldham and Stockport.
Most services run regularly until around 3:30am providing
a safe and secure journey home for around £2.50.
The city also has an accessible and frequent Metrolink
tram service, which provides a connection to
major leisure, retail and business areas and the main
train station. Metrolink’s main route goes from
Bury through the city centre to Altrincham and back again,
but there are now also stops at Piccadilly station and
in Eccles and Salford Quays.
Other landmarks and tourist attractions that you can visit
by using the tram service include the Manchester
Evening News Arena, The Lowry, the G-Mex Centre, Old Trafford
(football and cricket grounds), the Central Library and
the Arndale Centre.
There is a fleet of more than 30 trams that provide a
regular service, about every ten minutes, to some of the
city’s best destinations.
If you prefer to get around by taxi then fear not
there are plenty of taxi ranks dotted around the city
centre. Public hire taxis can be hailed and stopped anywhere
and at any time in the street, and the most well known
in Manchester are the black hackney cabs.
Private Hire Taxis must be pre-booked in advance and there
are a wide selection of mini cab firms in Manchester city
centre and the surrounding areas.
Selected taxi companies in the city centre area:
|0161 236 3555
|0161 236 8033
/ 236 9974
For more information on any of Manchester’s bus
and Metrolink services log on to www.gmpte.com